The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) has sanctioned around £150m for the modernisation of Gatwick Airport train station.

The upgrade is intended to reduce train delays caused by platform overcrowding and congestion, as well as offer easier connections across the south-east.

As per the renovation plan, the size of the station concourse will be doubled and five new lifts and eight escalators will be installed.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “With 46 million people now using Gatwick Airport every year and 20 million coming by train, it is vital that we make the station more accessible and customer friendly for those travelling through it.

“We want to see Gatwick Airport’s success continue to flourish and ensure that it is ready for even more passengers in the future. Through this £150m investment, we will deliver vital upgrades to boost the station’s capacity and provide better, seamless journeys for all.”

Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate added: “Gatwick has been transformed in recent years and the redesigned train station will take the airport’s redevelopment to the next level.

“The project is a fantastic example of the public and private sector working together to deliver a world-class transport hub that will comfortably manage the expected growth in air passengers and also encourage people to switch to rail as part of our push to get more people to travel to the airport by public transportation.”

DfT, in association with Network Rail, will manage the modernisation of the Gatwick Airport station.

Gatwick Airport and Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership are co-funding the project by contributing £37m and £10m respectively.

The modernisation is scheduled to start in mid-2020 and is likely to be completed in two years.

In April, Gatwick Airport launched a new service that allows blind and visually impaired passengers to call agents for help to guide them through the airport.

During the same month, the airport commissioned new technology to improve the monitoring of aircraft flights and associated noise.